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The Man Shamz - Album Review: I Call Myself The Man

08 Dec 2023 // A review by Daylen Schmied-Pape
"Hip-Hop is dead."

That phrase is often thrown around among modern scholars of the genre. Critiques of the expansion, and diversification of the sound seem to get off on asking the question: has today's Hip-Hop lost touch with its roots?

The Man Shamz is here to single-handedly answer this question, and his reply is a resounding “NO!” Classic boom bap is still very much alive among New Zealand’s youth, and Shamz is leading the charge; bursting onto the scene and he's commanding us to listen.

I Call Myself The Man is a strong debut, that not only pays homage to the sound of the late 80's and early 90's that so heavily influences both Shamz’s flows, and his production; but also carefully considers the city, and neighbourhood that raised him, shouts out New Zealand artists through its lyrics, and lifts up his contemporaries through a vast array of features.

This project delivers a strong message of community that harkens back to a pre-gentrified society rich with block parties, and diverse collaboration. The sonics beg to be bumped in a drop-top, and every song on the album is a potential summer anthem. Some stand outs are Southern Line, Auckland, So Right, It Takes Time, and Stargazing. The project cements Shamz as not only a powerful creative voice, but a strong leader of this generation, and I for one can’t wait to see what else he has in store.

Listen for yourself here


About The Man Shamz

The Man Shamz is a name that you won't want to take your eyes off of!

Shamz is an artist from South Auckland who specialises in the art of MCing and Producing with influences ranging from 90's East Coast Boom Bap to the pitched up Soulful sound of the early 2000's.

Being born around music, Shamz wanted to explore music in his own way and break the generational link of Rock n Roll. At age 13, he found Hip Hop which became his first ever love.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The Man Shamz


I Call Myself The Man
Year: 2023
Type: Album
Beach Days
Year: 2022
Type: EP

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